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Fall Photos

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    According to the University of Illinois, 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois.

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    Dressed for fall! Replace spent annual flowers with hardy mums, ornamental grasses, leaves, pumpkins and more for a great display all the way through Thanksgiving.

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    Did you know ... It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

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    In fall, the green-colored food-making chlorophyll in plants is no longer produced, so the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows that had been overpowered all summer long have their turn in the spotlight.

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    While we call this season ‘fall’, the British call it ‘autumn’. Before these terms came into use, this time of year was called ‘harvest’.

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    In Greek mythology, the beginning of fall was supposed to be the time when Persephone rejoined Hades in the underworld.

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    Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 2.

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    Don't cut this grass until Spring! Leave ornamental grasses standing for fall and winter interest in your landscape.

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    To get the best results from your hardy mums, plant them in a location that gets at least six hours of sun each day.

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    If you have an irrigation system, fall is the time to shut it down. Let us clear water from the lines before they freeze!

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    Did you know ... animals like bats, hedgehogs, and many kinds of fish all hibernate during winter.

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    Tasty tibits: October is National Cookie Month, National Chili Month, National Pizza Month, National Dessert Month AND National Seafood Month!

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    Cutting your lawn slightly shorter in autumn helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves and snow.

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    Fall is the time to step up rodent control; with food supplies low in winter, moles, voles, mice and rabbits can eat their way through a beautiful landscape.

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    Do not plant hardy mums near street lights or artificial light sources, as this interferes with their flower development.

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    Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn! Cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass, respond well to feeding in early September and again in late fall (late October or November).

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    Call David J. Frank for colorful hardy mums, and while you're at it, ask us about fall bulb planting for spring color.

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    In 2013, Google reported that the most commonly searched costumes were zombies, Batman, pirates and witches.

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    Last year, 158 million people in the United States celebrated Halloween, spending a total of $6.9 billion on candy, costumes and decorations.

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    The average date for the first killing frost in southeastern Wisconsin is October 4th - 10th (or a bit later for those close to Lake Michigan).

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    Autumn ends and winter begins on December 21st!

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